Title: Lamson & Co., Ball Repeating Carbine, .50 Caliber, SPECTACULAR
Seven shot repeater, lever action; total manufactured: 1,000.
Date/Period: Contracted by U.S. Government in 1864, Delivered in May of 1865
Measurement: Overall length: 37.5"; barrel length: 20.5"
Condition: Fine, near mint
Additional Information: A Ball Repeating Breech Loading Carbine, .50 caliber, seven
shot repeater, left side of receiver stamped E.G. Lamson & Co./ Windsor, VT/Balls
Patented June 23, 1863/March 15, 1864. Two-piece walnut stock. Barrels are brown
with remaining metal in case-hardened colors. Good inspector's script cartouche “GGS”,
on left flat of stock; the mark of armory sub-inspector George G. Saunders, who
inspected arms from 1856-1870, including Colt Dragoon revolvers, M-1840 Foot
Officer’s swords, and M-1860 Light Cavalry sabers.
An outstanding example…mechanically smooth and fine, barrel retains 99% original
vivid brown finish, original cleaning rod: barrel bands showing strong case coloring.
Buttplate showing 95% of original case coloring showing a bright line along the heel
from standing on butt. Screw heads with original case coloring. Action showing 95%
(plus) bright case coloring with two small worn spots about the size of a nickel on lock
side of the receiver. Bottom tang darkening, case colors visible. Lever showing original
case colors but darkening on the bottom. Bore is excellent. Wood is superb and sharp
with dark patina…few scattered shallow dings, NO major dents of chipping. [Albert ball
of Worcester, Massachusetts obtained a patent for a breechloading, metallic cartridge
carbine (#38,935) June 23, 1863 subsequently selling the patent rights to E.G. Lamson
of Windsor, Vermont
308-547 / AC20-24